Wednesday 16 January 2019

Bellamy vows to clear his name over bullying allegation

Cardiff U-18s coach Craig Bellamy
Cardiff U-18s coach Craig Bellamy

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Cardiff U-18s coach Craig Bellamy has "categorically" denied a claim of bullying and has vowed to clear his name.

Earlier this week, the 'Daily Mail' reported that the parents of a young English footballer have complained to the Premier League outfit about Bellamy's behaviour towards their son, who has since left the club. Cardiff announced on Wednesday they were investigating the matter.

And the former Wales captain confirmed he has stepped down from his position while the investigation takes place.

He said: "I am aware of allegations that have been made against me via the media. I understand the need for Cardiff City to undertake a full investigation in response to these allegations and - at my own suggestion - I have temporarily removed myself from my coaching position in order to cooperate fully with the club's inquiry.

"Obviously, I am saddened both by the allegations and the manner in which they were made and I categorically refute them."

The 39-year-old added he will be making no further comment until the investigation has concluded.

Bellamy, a regular pundit in a freelance capacity on Sky Sports, will also not work for Sky while Cardiff conduct their investigation.

Irish Independent

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